Skater girl or supernatural samurai? Rileigh Martin wants to believe that adrenaline gave her the strength to fend off three muggers in the mall parking lot. But adrenaline doesn't explain the voice in her head giving her battle tips and warnings. While worrying that she's going crazy (always a reputation ruiner), Rileigh gets a visit from Kim, a handsome martial arts instructor, who tells Rileigh she's harboring the spirit of a five-hundred-year-old samurai warrior. Relentlessly attacked by ninjas, Rileigh has no choice but to master the katana--a deadly Japanese sword that's also the key to her past. As the spirit grows stronger and her feelings for Kim intensify, Rileigh is torn between continuing as the girl she's always been and embracing the warrior inside her.
- Paperback | 384 pages
- 132 x 203 x 22.86mm | 362.87g
- 08 Mar 2012
- North Star Editions
- United States
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"An action-packed page-turner." --Booklist
About Cole Gibsen
Cole Gibsen has been profiled in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and on St. Louis's KSDK morning news, and was featured in The Telegraph for her debut novel, Katana. She graduated from Southwestern Illinois College with an associate's degree in liberal arts, and is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and the St. Louis Writers Guild. Gibsen lives with her husband and daughter outside St. Louis in Collinsville, Illinois.
Our customer reviews
It was amazing! I think I have finally found the perfect novel with a Japanese/Chinese martial arts theme. This book is phenomenal! I loved the flashbacks to 15th century Japan, I loved the undying love of the two samurais from the past, and I loved how that loved stayed true and un-cliche even till modern age. Wow. I was a little turned off when I realise that the lead male in KATANA was named Kim (even if it's only his first name/surname/family name) - not to mention shocked out of my wits. But I started overlooking the fact as I got to know him. He's a tough warrior, through and through, he's a natural born leader, he's playful and witty when he wants to be, he's kind, and he's very sincere and tender towards Rileigh. The female protagonist, Rileigh, was strong, she's brave, she's funny and sarcastic, but she can be feminine when she wants to be. I really liked that Kim and Rileigh had a deep connection in the past, and their story back then was heartwrenchingly sweet. And heartbreaking. They didn't die natural deaths (being samurai and all), but they died together with honor. Another thing that I really liked about KATANA was Gibsen's phrasings. There were a lot of descriptions and metaphors that were unique and vivid. I'd recommend this to any fan of Young Adult action and romance.show moreby Cyp